Funny, Bleak and with No Easy Answers

By Amelie Hastie

A novelist, short-story author, screenwriter and director, Henry Bromell ’70 entered into television in the early 1990s with the critically acclaimed Northern Exposure, going on to work as executive producer and/or writer on some of the most innovative television series of the past two decades, including I’ll Fly Away and Homicide: Life on the Street in the 1990s and, in just the past three years, Rubicon and Homeland.

“Reading It, I Didn’t Feel So Alone”

By Emily Gold Boutilier

Daniel Pastan ’13 discovered Infinite Jest three years after the death of its author, David Foster Wallace ’85. “I just fell in love,” says Pastan, who read the book while studying abroad in Thailand. “I’d never read anything like it before. This sounds melodramatic, but reading it, I didn’t feel so alone.”

In Memoriam: Stanley E. Seymour

Amherst College notes the passing of retired employee Stanley E. Seymour on Nov. 10, 2012. Seymour worked for the college as a groundsman and as a truck driver from 1953 until his retirement in 1981. His wife, Ruth (Eaton) Seymour, who passed away in 2008, worked in the college’s Mailing Center from 1970 to 1979.

An obituary with more information is available here.

In Memoriam: Matthew Lee

Amherst College notes the passing of Matthew Lee on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Lee came to the college in 1999 and worked as a police officer up until the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, and four daughters, Caylin, Hannah, Emma and Grace.

Professor Kennick, Remembered

Memorial Service for James Ostendarp, October 14, 2006

On Saturday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. in Johnson Chapel, a memorial service was held for James Ostendarp. Speakers included Rev. Thomas Massaro, S.J ’83; President Anthony W. Marx; Lee Levison ’77, headmaster, The Collegiate School; Board of Trustees Chair Jide Zeitlin ’85, The Keffi Group, Ltd.; Amherst College men’s basketball coach David Hixon ’75; and writer Dave Morine ’66.